The 40th annual Sailfest got off to a soggy start on Friday in New London.
Rain delayed the opening for several hours, but, by dinner time, the rain was gone, and it was full steam ahead for the festivities. The rain Friday really kept people away. In fact, it kept some of the vendors from setting up on time, so the official noon opening was pushed back to around 5 p.m.
After that time, people were still slowly making their way through the annual event. Any patrons will not be dealing with massive crowds.
There's more than 200 vendors, food stands, and rides. Organizers are touting Gaspar's baby back ribs this year. There are two stages for performers and the music will go all the way to 11 p.m. The big ships, which really are the stars of Sailfest, are still making their way. People can see them dock for the weekend.
The weekend festivities continue Saturday with a fireworks show too.
On Saturday at 4 am, vehicles parked in the following locations will be issued parking tickets and towed:
On Saturday at 6 am, the following streets shall be closed to traffic:
On Sunday, the following streets shall be closed to traffic as follows:
There will be Sailfest 2017 Charter Oak Federal Credit Union - 5K Road Race at about 9:15 a.m. on Sunday. The route is the following:
Police said the following traffic considerations will be in place for the Fishers Island Ferry arrival and departures:
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